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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> defers to dose of revenge for the killing of bin laden. the pakistani taliban kills more than 80 people in a suicide attack. if the target was new recruits at a military training center. it was the deadliest attack in pakistan this year. -- paramilitary training center. welcome. the world of news and opinion. also, another friday of fear and tension in syria. the army, there's a suggestion troops will hold their fire.
and the world long this lasting elected communist government in another country. it's midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, 4:00 in the afternoon in pakistan, where the government faces a new round of all or questions after suicide bombers mounted a devastating attack on a group of army shawar.s near pusa my colleague is there. >> him their calling its the first revenge. the pakistani taliban carried out the attacks in northwest pakistan, in retaliation for the raid two weeks ago that killed al qaeda leader of osama bin laden. sources say that there will be more attacks to come. in the capital, the information
says this has been planned for sometime. now this report from our pakistan correspondent. >> this is the first deadly strike back by the militants. dozens of new recruits to the military --the podand paramilitary and police. shops and vehicles were destroyed. passers-by were killed. the vast majority of the dead were members of the security forces. >> before my colleagues went back and just as i entered my room, there was a blast. we rushed out and started collecting the debt and the injured. -- dead and the injured.
>> this is the bloodiest attack this year in pakistan. there will be more to come from the militants. >> after the a bin laden incident, it is very much possible that they may intensify attacks and there's also a danger that al qaeda may have an internal struggle for leadership. in that case, some of the groups in order to insert themselves over the other, might launch attacks. >> the bombing in the northwest happen as the pakistani army to appear before parliament to answer questions about the osama bin laden affair. the main issue does not to be what you would expect, why bin laden was here and how he was not detected. it seems much more that the media, the opposition politicians, and the public are more concerned on how the americans could have carried
out an attack in pakistan without pakistani permission. taliban says ital will punish the pakistani authorities for not defending islam. there are tens of thousands of militants in pakistan for whom bin laden was a hero. they say today's bombing is just the start. bbc news, islamabad. >> let's look get some other stories making headlines around the world. the spanish prime minister and crown prince have attended the funerals of some of the nine victims of the earthquake that hit the promise of murcia on wednesday. thousands of buildings in the town of lorca have been damaged or destroyed, including the churches. the service took place in a makeshift hangar. many residents have had to leave the town or they are staying with friends and family. the prime minister promised the government will help in rebuilding lorca.
>> this earthquake has hit hard and has been strong and made a huge impact, country is even stronger. our will and solidarity and our commitment to rebuild is stronger. it is that unity that i am here to express all links to the locals and the regional authorities. >> the prime minister right there. let's go back to our main story, which was the devastating bomb attack in pakistan. my colleague is in islamabad. >> welcomed to the pakistani capital. the army chief of staff is for the first time speaking in a closed session to the parliamentarians of this country, briefing them on what happened or did not happen in the u.s. covert raid that killed osama bin laden.
that session comes against a backdrop of the devastating attack in the northwest. we are joined by the author and journalist hussain. do you think this was a revenge attack or simply an attack that was in the planning already? >> it may have been in the planning a long time. it was very well planned and they knew exactly when to attack. it shows that the back of al qaeda has not been broken in pakistan. >> we spoke with representatives that said they will attack military installations in defiance, because they say pakistan did not defend islam. >> they have attacked headquarters before. we can expect many more such attacks taking place. it seems they have been planning for such attacks for quite some
time. we have not seen taliban attacks for three months or four months. this is the most deadly in the last months. >> does this increase, what is already considerable pressure on the army chief? >> certainly. he is under unprecedented pressure. they are facing the public and the nation on how they dealt with the bin laden issue. there have been accusations that they failed to provide security to the country and failed to apprehend opponenbin laden. so, the army is under attack. there is probably a huge political discord as there's been a demand for independent
investigation in this affair. >> we have the prime minister saying that he believed the relationship between the pakistan intelligence agency and the cia is broken and it makes it hard to work together on preventing the kind of attacks we have seen today. >> certainly. there's no connection or contact between the two agencies at this time than had been cooperating in the war against extremism. >> thanks for joining us in pakistan. two weeks since bin laden was killed. pakistan's senior military, political, and diplomatic representatives are still struggling to come to terms with the raid that happened without their knowledge, they say. there have been big questions about the institutions that are meant to be fighting against the the violence that it pakistan today.
>> thank you very much. more anti-government protests are expected in syria after friday prayers. are reports that security forces have closed off areas and set up checkpoints in cities and towns across the country to try to prevent people from gathering in groups. the u.n. high commissioner for human rights says as many as 850 people may have been killed since the uprising began in march. our correspondent has been monitoring the situation closely from the neighboring beirut. if assurances coming from a party that they would not open fire on protesters today were being seriously by people inside, we ask? >> not in a qualified way. the adviser to the president said in march that unhappy gave strict orders that fire was not to be opened on unarmed protesters. we have seen many people killed since then. i think people will cautiously
wait-and-see. the troops have been deployed in various cities. homs and in the south. they say they have been fired on, themselves and the lost one soldier and have had a couple wounded when they were shot by gunmen. if that kind of thing can trigger shooting where other people can get killed as well. we will have to wait and see. the question is how big the turnout will be. there's been a consistent crackdown in the last days because groups arrested and activists arrested to deter people from taking part in protests. possibly more will come out because they hope they will not get shot this time. >> the bbc along with other foreign broadcasters are currently not able to report from inside syria. the red flag is no longer flying high in west bengal.
the world's longest serving communist party has been tossed out of office after decades. voters gave their support to an ally of the ruling congress party. elections were also held in the -- held in several other states of the country. our correspondent is in calcutta. >> the celebrations have begun to mark the end of 34 years of communist rule. these are supporters of the main opposition congress. the party colors are green. they are everywhere, on people's faces. it is a day of celebration. a party has managed to win the communist party. it's poor people, working-class people, farm workers, and many women. in the past decades the communists saw its preeminence slip dramatically. it's one of the poorest states
and becoming industrialized. they want change and they believe they can change things. >> still to come, its has been the year of unrest across the arab world. we will speak with the head of amnesty international about the cost of this change in human lives. the rush is on for black gold in the arctic. as the melting ice caps open new routes into the frozen north, states in the region are scrambling to grab a slice of potentially rich oil and gas reserves. delegates from eight nations including the u.s. and russia have agreed a plan to make oil exploration safe and clean. >> for decades the pristine beauty of the arctic has provoked passionate debate between environmentalists and energy companies. an area roughly the size of europe is home to many of the
world's most endangered species. the region is also estimated to hold around 25% of the world's undiscovered oil and gas reserves. the melting sea ice has made those mineral and petroleum resources more accessible than ever. as well as opening up new sea routes. now the arctic council made up of eight countries which surround the arctic have gathered in the greenland to discuss the unique challenges facing the region. >> we see the effects of climate change and we see the increased tension due to natural resources in the region. -- the increased attention. people need to be able to live, prosper, and have a better future in the region. >> some members of the panel don't want exploration. >> the melting of the ice will result in more shipping, fishing, and tourism and the possibility to develop new accessible oil and gas reserves.
we seek to pursue these opportunities in a smart, sustainable way that preserves the arctic environment and ecosystem. >> the eight nations agreed to look at new ways to prevent oil spills and greater search and rescue cooperation. environmentalists will be highly concerned of the meeting marking an irreversible opening of one of the world's most agile ecosystems. bbc news. -- most fragile ecosystems. >> this is gmt. the headlines --an attack on a military training center in pakistan has killed at least 80 people. the taliban said they carried out the bombing to avenge the death of osama bin laden. three decades of communist party control in west bank will have been swept aside in a landslide election victory for a in the opposing congress coalition. -- west bengal.
time for business news. sarin is joining me now. >> thank you indeed. strong data from -- a strong gdp data from germany. and greece was a surprise. by 0.8%.ws own grou greece had a 0.9% expansion. portugal dropped by 0.7% and fell back into recession. italy disappointed with is just 0.1%. spain struggled along at a rate of 0.3%. i spoke with a senior european economist from deutsche bank. >> their gdp is usually quite
volatile, so i would not put much emphasis on this figure. there's no breakdown at the moment so we are not sure where it comes from. i don't believe this data completely changes the picture for the macroeconomics situation in greece, which remains under enormous stress. it's positive news, but they tend to be fairly volatile. >> what we got from portugal was worse than many economists expected. >> they tend to have a fairly volatile gdp. we have two back to back negative readings out of there. portugal was in a very surprising situation in 2010 because there were still in positive territory around 1.5%. the reason why growth was at that level was simply because fiscal policy was still quite accommodative last year. this is now changing quite
drastically. >> the operator of japan posted fukushima nuclear plant is set to receive tens of billions of dollars of loans from the japanese government. it will allow tepco to pay compensation to thousands of residents and businesses. the people evacuated from the zone. >> tepco is the biggest utility company in asia, but prices at the fukushima nuclear plant has brought it to the brink of ruin. 80,000 people have lost their homes. there's concern about how the company will pay a massive compensation bill. japan bows the government has agreed to use taxpayer money to help. -- japan's government. more than $60 billion. a state-backed institution will be created in which tepco can draw money to pay claims. in return, the company will fall under close government susupervision.
it will remain listed on the stock exchange, but will use profits to pay back the money over a period of years. other electricity companies and nuclear power stations will also be expected to contribute. this scheme eases fears that tepco's problems could be stabilized -- could destabilize japanese markets. this is a way to make sure victims get paid. nonetheless, the plan may face opposition in parliament. if it is seen as too lenient on its shareholders and management, that is. >> the mystery of google's big payout, the internet firm has been said to break u.s. laws by running online pharmacies. it set aside half a billion dollars to settle the problem of justice investigation, but it did not provide further details. >> google was running advertisements using its
service that when you put into a search query into the box, it picks up advertisements relevant to that. the issue is whether google knowingly do that it was advertising web sites that were illegal and what it did about it. the fact that they have satisfied a half billion dollars, which is a significant amount of money, one of the largest fines paid by a u.s. corporation to the department of justice, certainly signifies that they are -- >> european markets are pretty much moving higher today. ftse up 40 points. a lot of economic data for the german market to soar. the german economy growing by 1.5%. that's it for me. i will see you shortly.
>> thank you indeed. it is a season of turmoil and change in the arab world. the arab spring has seen long serving presidents internees and egypt toppled. leaders elsewhere are hanging on to power using a combination of concessions, repression, and a brute force. against this backdrop, amnesty international is calling on world leaders to ensure that 2011 is not a false door to human rights. i will speak with the amnesty secretary-general in a few moments. first, here's our world affairs correspondent. >> the mother of the venetian street vendor weeks for her son. tunisian street vendor. he died of his burns after he set himself on fire. amnesty said that his actions symbolize the powerlessness felt by young folks like him. mobile phones and the
internet have been a vital tool for protesters. and tahrir square was filled with demonstrators day after day in cairo and social media networks continued to play an important part in an unprecedented opportunity for human rights changes. the critical battle is underway to control access to information. the governments are scrambling to regain the initiative or use the same technology against activists. the release of aung san suu kyi in burma was one of the first iconic moments for human rights in 2010. she will be awarded the nobel peace prize -- and the awarding of the nobel peace prize to a chinese dissident. but many people have been tortured and killed.
>> during the in the studio is the secretary general of amnesty international. welcome. is there a degree of foreboding in amnesty that you think government is getting the old adept at controlling the flow of information, albeit in this new age of so-so medsocial media? and last 12 months we have had a human rights revolution. governments have always tried to shut down the printing press, television stations, radio stations. now they're getting smarter with digital media as well. >> in the governments of china and iran, how easy is it for regimes that want to repress and control information to do so? >> they are getting smarter. but i think the people using social meteor -- really the whole story of the last year is about people power, which is an amnesty story.
extraordinary stories of ordinary people standing up against brutal dictators. he dipped struggling. a mobile phone company switched off their services there, but people were still out there in tahrir square. >> you have called on the obama administration to do more to help the revolutionaries, the people power groups across the middle east. what more do you think could be done? >> one of our big concerns right now is we are hoping international leaders including the u.s. government has learned lessons not to support forces of repression and brutal dictators but to actually helped the ources of reform -- the sources of reform. the u.s. and some other nations seem reluctant to and talk
strongly against the syrian government. >> condemned the obama administration for "embracing many of george w. bush' policies." >> there was a commitment to close guantanamo bay. there was a committed and to bring the cia's secret detention to an end. we are concerned about these issues. >> if you take the broad sweep, we do have amazing events in the middle east, but then we have a nobel peace prize winner clocked up in china. we have 89 countries with new restrictions on free speech. are you glass half full or glass half-empty? >> we are on the full side. amnesty international and will post these dictators. our members are increasing. 2010 has been a bad year for dictators. >> do you think there's a danger
that we now overestimate the power of this social networking digital revolution? >> the people putting their bodies in front of the tanks in tahrir square, they did not do it through facebook. they did with the human spirit and with passion. there's no substitute for? . the international community should put their support behind the protesters. -- there's no substitute for human spirit and passion. >> two bombs have killed 80 people and wounded many more at a paramilitary training center in notes with pakistan. the pakistani taliban carry out the attacks in revenge for the killing of osama bin laden in that american special forces raid. -- at a paramilitary training center in northwest pakistan. that's all. stay with us on bbc news. there's plenty more to come.
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